Over the past 50 years, Argonne National Laboratory has gained extensive experience in a wide variety of research and development programs. That knowledge can be applied to many aspects of transmission and distribution (T&D) systems. Argonne's work in superconducting materials, energy storage and generation systems, instrumentation, and impact evaluation can improve the robustness and efficiency of T&D systems.
A more robust T&D system means fewer breakdowns and greater customer satisfaction. Distributed energy storage and generation on the utility grid allows better use of existing T&D systems and increases revenues with only a small capital investment. More accurate information on the condition of the grid reduces maintenance costs.
n Transmission and Distribution Components
Develop advanced components for T&D systems, which lead to more efficient transmission and more robust grid networks:
Superconducting transmission lines and associated cryogenics, dielectrics, and power electronics.
Advanced fault-current limiters that use high-temperature superconductors.
n Energy Storage
Develop central and distributed energy storage systems, from individual components to complete systems:
Superconducting magnetic energy storage systems.
Efficient flywheel energy systems.
n Distributed Generation
Develop distributed energy-generation systems, from individual components to complete systems:
High-speed generators for microturbines.
Advanced diesel technology.
Cogeneration and combined-cycle systems.
n Data Gathering and Analysis
Develop equipment and methods for measuring and analyzing the status of T&D systems and components:
Sensors and instrumentation.
Nondestructive evaluation techniques.
Load flow analysis.
n Biological Effects
Determine the effects of electric and magnetic fields (EMF) on living creatures:
Laboratory research on the human health effects of EMF.
Evaluation of human health impact of EMF produced by operating transmission systems.
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For information on working with Argonne, contact Paul Eichamer, Industrial Technology Development Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Bldg. 201, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439; phone: 800/627-2596; fax: 630/252-5230.
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